How Would You Describe Your Recovery Days?

A little relaxing yoga is great on an active recovery day! Credit: lululemon athletica
A little relaxing yoga is great on an active recovery day! Credit: lululemon athletica

Yesterday’s Friday Fit Tip was all about active recovery days—where you take a break from formal working out but still make a point to move your rear in a way that feels really good and is super low intensity. Now, if we’re really, really sore (like this kind of sore), we might not do much more than make sure we stand every hour, but when it’s just a usual off day, we like to do a little something-something. Not because we’re crazy about calorie burning (never!) but because we enjoy living a healthy active lifestyle.

And that, our friends, means making activity an everyday part of life—whether it’s cleaning the house, playing some Wii or Kinect with the fam or going for a leisurely stroll. Fit bottomed line, we want to be active and engaged in life, not just watching it play out on a TV screen. (Except for those occasional Saturdays spent watching reality TV marathons or super-long premiers of The Biggest Loser…) How about you though?

We recommend taking one to two recovery days a week to help you stay strong and fresh and motivated! But tell us, how many a week do you take? And what are a few of your favorite recovery day activities? —Jenn


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  1. I’ll always try and keep slightly active, I don’t think there’s a time when I’ll just sit back and do nothing, no can do! Whether it be a leisurely walk or just some small exercises, I’ll make sure to do something 🙂

  2. I think my best “recovery days” are when I can get out and just live life doing something physical. Go for a nice hike in the woods, do some manual labor, etc. While they’re not formal workouts they can still help you keep your body going and put your muscles to use without overly straining them. I also found that carrying a few bananas with me to help give my muscles that needed potassium helps out a lot, especially when starting off the day after my big workout routines. Not to mention the fact that they make a great snack when you’re on the road!